February is Teen Dating Violence Month
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Board of Directors at Capital Area Counseling Service recognizes the benefits of starting a conversation about healthy relationships, especially in regards to violent acts that are associated with dating. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and we have a growing understanding that violence within relationships often begins during these adolescent stages of life.
In a proclamation signed by the President of the United States, we are told that each year about one in three teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual violence. And nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Yet eighty-one percent of parents polled believe teen dating violence is not an issue.
"We encourage mentors and leaders to stress the importance of mutual respect and not accepting unhealthy behavior in their relationships. Capital Area Counseling Service reminds you that if you are in a rough spot, come to us."
- Tiffany Sanchez, CACS Board of Directors
We want to make it known that abusive relationships can impact adolescent development greatly, and teens who experience dating violence can suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences. The victims are at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence. Young people often are afraid to discuss these types of relationships, and they may not even recognize the severity of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.
To help stop abuse before it starts, we encourage mentors and leaders to stress the importance of mutual respect and not accepting unhealthy behavior in their relationships. Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, talk to local counselor, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522.
More Resources: http://www.loveisrespect.org/educators-toolkits/
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